Game: Throw Down

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Throw Down | Catholic Youth Ministry Icebreaker
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This is a simple icebreaker that I have used several times.  It is great in that it requires people to share about themselves, but in a competitive way.

Supplies Needed

You will need 20-25 pieces of paper for each person.  I just give everyone one sheet of paper and have them tear it into 20 pieces.

How It Works

One person will start by saying one fact about themselves.  It should reveal something about their person that others may not have known about them.  The goal is to come up with something that as many people as possible would NOT have in common with them.  For the other people, if they have that thing in common with the person, then they do nothing.  If they do not have it in common with them, then they have to throw a piece of paper in the middle.

The goal of the game is to be the last person with paper in your hands.

Example

One person could start by sharing that they have never broken a bone in their body.  For everyone else, if they have broken a bone in their body, they would throw a piece of paper in the middle.  If they have not broken a bone, they keep their pieces.

Suggestions

It is best to break them up into small groups so that you go around the circle several times, getting to know each person a bit more.  You should also continue to remind them that it should be something that reveals something about you that the others may not have known.  “I am wearing Red shoes” is boring and obvious.

Enjoy!